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  1. #1
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    Talking Batch #1 of 3 : Interesting facts

    Hi there,

    This is the first of three batches full of interesting facts.

    All of these are supposedly true

    More Monopoly money is printed yearly than real money throughout the world.

    Penguins are not found in the North Pole

    People photocopying their buttocks are the cause of 23% of all photocopier errors worldwide.

    A dentist invented the Electric Chair.

    Rudolf the Red-nosed reindeer was actually created as a promotional figure for Montgommery Wards department stores.

    A cockroach can live nine days without its head before it starves to death.

    Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

    A whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.

    Walt Disney got the idea for Mickey Mouse from watching mice play in a garage, where he was forced to work, because he could not afford to rent an art studio.

    About 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens each year.

    About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they're still sitting on it.

    Alexander Graham Bell's wife and mother were both deaf .

    The "O" when used as a prefix in Irish surnames means "descendant of."

    Alfred Hitchcock did not have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.

    Cockroaches break wind every 15 minutes.

    Charlie Brown's dad was a barber.

    Fish scales are an ingredient in most lipsticks.

    Frank Baum, the writer of "The Wizrd of OZ", looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."

    The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper.

    On average, every chocolate bar contains at least three insect legs.

    Up until the early 20th century, New Jersey and Wisconsin had laws allowing the castration of epileptics

    "101 Dalmatians" and "Peter Pan" are the only Disney animations in which both of a character's parents are present and don't die during the movie.

    "A motion to table a motion to reconsider a vote to table an appeal of a ruling that a point of order was not in order against a motion to table another point of order against a motion to bring to a vote the motion to call up the resolution that would institute a rules change."

    "Adcomsubordcomphibspac" is the longest acronym. It is a Navy term standing for Administrative Command, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet Subordinate Command.

    "Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar, La Allah Il Allah, La Allah Il Allah U Mohammed Rassul Allah" is heard by more people than any other sound of the human voice. This is the prayer recited by muezzins from each of the four corners of the prayer tower as Moslems all over the world face toward Mecca and kneel at sunset. It means: "God is great. There is no God but God, and Mohammed is the prophet of God."

    "Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

    "Aromatherapy" is a term coined by French chemist René Maurice Gattefossé in the 1920's to describe the practice of using essential oils taken from plants, flowers, roots, seeds, etc., in healing.

    "Asthma" and "isthmi" are the only six-letter words that begin and end with a vowel and have no other vowels between.

    "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson was the first video to air on MTV by a black artist.


    Amusing one -
    "Canada" is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".

    Regards,

    Jord
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  2. #2
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    Very good. Actually I was aware of a lot of those facts but had forgotten about most of them, with your permission I will keep a copy of them

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    wow. however, some of them do seem a bit unbelievable!!
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    yeah some do seem unbelievable, others.... sweet irony...
    e.g. Alex Graham's case... ;-D

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    Re: Batch #1 of 3 : Interesting facts

    Originally posted by effusionx1 Cockroaches break wind every 15 minutes.
    There goes my record :/
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    Re: Batch #1 of 3 : Interesting facts

    Originally posted by effusionx1
    Amusing one -
    "Canada" is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".
    I have to admit this is so true.
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    A whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.

    How did they manage to measure the speed.

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